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Alps Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 29, 2012
After the failure of his insufferable last film "Dogtooth," Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos refines his minimalist approach to absurdist satire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
July 26, 2012
Lanthimos continually keeps you guessing about both the procedural and emotional logic at work in "Alps," and his actors are with him every step of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michelle Orange
Movieline
July 13, 2012
The tone is one of deadpan discombobulation, a world turned 45 degrees to the left but presented with a clear, dry perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 13, 2012
The movie focuses tightly and obviously on role playing, but the most unsettling observations concern how fragile it all is - our health, our minds, our denial of death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 12, 2012
Oblique connections are the threads that hold this film together, as Mr. Lanthimos moves from one somber, deliberate scene to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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July 12, 2012
An impressively taut absurdist drama that's deliberate in its exploration of the value and limits of compassion.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
July 12, 2012
There's no sense of how this service ever works, and only a scant indication of the miseries from which Papoulia is trying to escape by assuming a new identity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 10, 2012
Puzzling and provocative, Alps has a lingering power and an effect that is thrillingly difficult to define.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 10, 2012
A comedy of pained laughter, Alps confirms the certitude of our darkest hours: The dead are the lucky ones.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
July 9, 2012
Both a companion piece to and in many ways a reversal of Dogtooth, it builds on that film's surreally terse style and notions of communication and identity without diluting its singularity or concentration
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2012
Lanthimos' film, with its emphasis on death deferred, holds the chilly fascination of a gaping skull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 21, 2012
ALPS is a real mind trip with strong acting, and it leaves you to wonder what Lanthimos and Filippou will do next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 18, 2012
A barely accessible look at the permeability of identity recommended as a reflection of the director's vivid imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 11, 2012
Feels very much like a companion piece to Dogtooth; albeit a subtler, less confronting, and also less powerful one. How could it possibly compare? But Alps does have one trump card; a profoundly sad beating heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
June 1, 2012
The premise is fetching and feels like a mystery, particularly as the film orchestrates its story to make the work of the Alps group seem like a kind of heist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
February 22, 2012
An overly elaborate riddle
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 13, 2011
Feels like a pale shadow of its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 9, 2011
It simply demands to be stared at, in awe or incomprehension.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
September 6, 2011
The cumulative force of the screenplay and Yorgos Mavropsaridis' editing is not as hypnotic as in Dogtooth, perhaps in part because those familiar with Lanthimos' m.o. will know what to expect.
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